Saturday, July 31, 2010

Vail 2010

Vail this year was awesome!! GAC (Great Aunt Carol for those of you not up to speed with the acronyms) is now GGAC for James, came to, and oh the wonderful times we had. Vail is also like heaven for Nathan with trail running right out the door, and road biking anywhere as well. I started trail running, was skeptical at first, but after a little bit I LOVED it, and it was great! Then we found this road that used to be a paved road for cars, that they've closed off and now it is just for bikes and pedestrians!! Mostly there were just bikes, it climbed up Vail Pass, which was a difference of 2000 vertical feet in fifteen miles, aka: a very steep climb. Nathan pulled James along too, and everyone we encountered said how Nathan was a superstar for doing that. I think so too. And to see him pass people as he's pulling the bike trailer. Wow is all I can say.

Partway up Vail Pass!

Then there was still so much else to do up there! We grilled almost every night, so the food was delectible, Mom came up for a little bit also to stay. We swam, went on nature walks, went to the Betty Ford Gardens, the Nature Center, and downtown.

James and Daddy enjoying the pool!

Check out these trees that they've split in half and made into benches

Nathan and a fantastic meal! Grilled pineapple, grilled peppers, grilled onions, and BBQ chicken

Another meal on a day!

A neat tree in the gardens

Grammie and James
We also got to go down to Parker to see Aunt Carol and Uncle Kyle, and Marleigh before her wedding. We were sorry that we missed it (it was the same day as Nathan's sister Jenn's wedding). Grams was great and had everyone over to her place for brunch on Sunday. Uncle Kyle is doing great, prayers have been answered.
Brunch at Grams'

Great-great Aunt Carol with her little James :) These two got along famously!

Strong women! GGAC, Mom, and Grams

Happy Birthday to James! He turned one while in Vail, so we got to celebrate! We didn't get to go to Vail last year for obvious reasons (I was sort of in labor!) so to make up for it, we had a grand old party.

Monkey cupcakes!!
Mommy, James and Daddy

Everyone who was in Vail for James' b-day: Nathan, James, Kendra, Mom, GGAC,Grams, Bill and Rosie, Kirstin, and Dad